• Mainland Greece Odyssey

  • Mainland Greece Odyssey

  • Mainland Greece Odyssey

  • Mainland Greece Odyssey

Explore the wonders of Athens, the Peloponnese, and Meteora

Days: 9 | $8,845/per person

  • Enjoy accommodations at best-in-class boutique hotels.
  • Curated tours with excellent private guides. You’ll have an instant local friend with insider access!
  • Watch as history comes to life in the Athens, the Peloponnese, and Delphi, and be awed by the incredible monasteries and monoliths in Meteora!

Set off on an odyssey of the Greek mainland with this carefully curated itinerary that unfolds the beauty of Athens, the Peloponnese peninsula, and beyond. Commence your journey in the historic city of Athens, where ancient wonders and modern charm converge. Explore the Peloponnese peninsula, visiting the archaeological marvel of Myceane and the picturesque town of Nafplio, adorned with ancient theaters. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the region with wine tasting at a local winery and a hands-on cooking class, savoring the essence of Greek gastronomy. Continue on to the legendary Ancient Olympia, where the echoes of ancient athletes still resonate, and explore the historic town of Nafpaktos, steeped in tales of maritime glory. Journey to the mystical Delphi, a center of ancient prophecy and mystique. In Meteora, marvel at the awe-inspiring monasteries, perched high on towering cliffs, offering panoramic views of the dramatic landscape, and take part in the unique experience of truffle hunting to add a flavorful twist to your Greek adventure. This meticulously crafted itinerary seamlessly weaves together history, culture, gastronomy, and natural wonders, promising an unforgettable exploration of Greece's diverse and captivating landscapes.

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At a glance

  • Athens
    2 nights: Discover the rich history and flavors of Athens
  • Nafplio
    2 nights: Sip wine and take part in an unforgettable culinary experience on the Peloponnese
  • Nafpaktos
    1 nights: Discover the ancient wisdom housed at Delphi
  • Meteora
    2 nights: Be awed by the incredible monasteries and monoliths in Meteora and search for truffles
  • Athens
    1 nights: End your journey back in Athens

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Καλώς ήρθατε, Welcome!

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece, with the Parthenon Temple on top of the hill during a summer sunset

Welcome Athens, the city of modern and ancient wonders, and the gateway to your Greek island adventure. Upon your arrival at Athens Airport, you will be greeted by your English-speaking guide who will assist you with your transfer to your charming hotel in the city center. Take the rest of the day to relax and explore on your own. As you navigate the bustling streets of Athens, you’ll find a fusion of modern vibrancy and timeless heritage, setting the stage for the adventure that lies ahead.

Accommodations: Electra Metropolis Athens, 2 nights

The Electra Metropolis Athens hotel is a contemporary haven nestled in the heart of Athens, Greece. Boasting a prime location near major historical landmarks such as the Acropolis and Plaka, this upscale hotel seamlessly combines modern elegance with timeless sophistication. The rooms and suites are tastefully designed, offering a blend of comfort and style, while providing stunning views of the cityscape. Guests can indulge in a range of amenities, including a rooftop terrace with a pool, a spa, and multiple dining options that showcase the rich flavors of Greek cuisine.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Day 2:

History and Culinary Delights

Parthenon temple on a bright day. Acropolis in Athens, Greece, on a bright day

Set out on an immersive exploration of Athens, a city steeped in history and cultural treasures. Your day begins with a private guided tour of the iconic Acropolis, immersing you in the rich history and architecture of this ancient citadel. Following this enlightening experience, delve into the treasures housed at the Acropolis Museum, where your private guide will provide insights into the artifacts and their historical significance. As the afternoon unfolds, return to your hotel, allowing you to unwind and make the most of your free evening.

Accommodations: Electra Metropolis Athens, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Discover The Peloponnese

Traditional cozy greek street in city Nafplio, Greece

Head out to the Peloponnese peninsula today, beginning with a scenic drive via the Corinth Canal, offering several excellent photo opportunities. Explore the ancient wonders of Mycenae with a guided tour, immersing yourself in its historical significance. Afterward, indulge in a delightful lunch and wine tasting experience at a traditional local winery. Your journey continues to the charming town of Nafplio, where an evening walking tour unfolds, allowing you to discover the city’s highlights.

Accommodations: Ippoliti Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

Housed in a meticulously restored neoclassical mansion, the Ippoliti Boutique Hotel exudes a timeless elegance and a warm, intimate ambiance. Each individually designed room reflects a harmonious fusion of traditional Greek elements and modern amenities, providing a cozy haven for guests. The hotel's central location allows for easy exploration of Nafplio's historic sites, charming streets, and vibrant culture.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Epidaurus and Peloponnese Cooking Class

Feta cheese with olives and green herbs on gray marble background

Explore Epidaurus today and take part in a hands-on cooking experience. In the morning, head out to Epidaurus and discover the historic sites including the renowned Ancient Theater. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of this ancient destination before returning to Nafplio. Indulge in a private cooking class experience that promises to tantalize your taste buds. Under the guidance of your expert chef, participate in crafting a delightful meal, culminating in a sumptuous lunch that showcases the flavors of the region.

Accommodations: Ippoliti Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 5:

Discover Ancient Olympia and Nafpaktos

The historic port of Nafpaktos, Greece

Today, head out to Ancient Olympia and Nafpaktos. Ancient Olympia, located in the western Peloponnese, is nestled in the picturesque valley of the Alpheios river. This sanctuary stands as the most significant ancient Greek site, recognized by UNESCO for its unparalleled relevance in today’s world. Explore the historic stadium where the ancient Olympic Games unfolded and marvel at the massive temple of Zeus, the Peloponnese’s largest temple. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Ancient Olympia before continuing your travels to Nafpaktos. This charming town, built amphitheatrically on a pine-clad slope, has a rich history dating back to ancient times, serving as the port and military center of the Aetolian Confederacy. Nafpaktos is renowned for its strategic importance and the historic sea battle of 1571, where Miguel de Cervantes, the author of “Don Quixote,” participated as a soldier on a Spanish ship. Delve into the town’s history with your expert guide and then enjoy the evening at leisure to explore on your own.

Accommodations: Nafs Hotel

Nafs Hotel in Nafpaktos presents a charming retreat in the heart of this historic Greek town. Nestled near the enchanting shores of the Corinthian Gulf, the hotel combines modern comfort with traditional elegance. The rooms are tastefully appointed, offering a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Guests can enjoy the picturesque views of the sea and the iconic Venetian castle from the hotel's vantage point.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6:

Mystical Delphi

View of the Tholos at the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, Delphi, Phocis, Greece

Journey to Delphi, an ancient Greek site revered as the Navel of the Earth, serving as a spiritual hub for the Greeks. Home to numerous sanctuaries and the renowned oracle of Pythia, this sacred place attracted seekers from around the world seeking divine advice from the god Apollo. Leaders and dignitaries, both Greek and foreign, visited the oracle to discern Apollo’s will on crucial state matters. Following a private guided tour of the Archaeological Site and Museum, enjoy free time for lunch at a local restaurant in Delphi. Continue your adventure to Kalambaka (Meteora), where you will spend the night.

Accommodations: Grand Meteora Hotel, 2 nights

The Grand Meteora Hotel, offers a comfortable and convenient stay in the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage site. With well-appointed rooms and modern amenities, the hotel provides a welcoming retreat for travelers exploring the monastic wonders of Meteora. Enjoying a strategic location, the Grand Meteora Hotel allows easy access to the iconic monasteries perched atop towering rock formations.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 7:

Monoliths, Monasteries and Truffles

Panoramic view of Meteora mountain and religios monastery of Greece illuminated in sunset light

Explore the monasteries of Meteora and hunt for truffles. Nestled in central Greece, Meteora is a captivating region situated on the north-western edge of the Plain of Thessaly, near the Pindus Mountains and the Peneios River. Renowned for its dramatic landscape, Meteora is home to the country’s second-largest and most popular complex of monasteries. The name “Meteora,” meaning “suspended in the air,” aptly captures the essence of this area, where monasteries are ingeniously perched on colossal natural stone pillars—a remarkable architectural feat dating back to the 14th century. This design served the purpose of safeguarding hermit monks during the Ottoman occupation, making the monasteries appear as if they are suspended in mid-air. Explore two of these awe-inspiring monasteries in the morning before embarking on a unique truffle hunting experience and lunch. Amidst the enchanting forests near the city of Kalampaka, indulge in the thrill of truffle hunting, savor a delectable pasta dish featuring freshly found truffles, sample various mushroom products, and treat your palate to excellent wine. Enhance your experience with a visit to the local mushroom museum, completing a day of exploration and gastronomic delights in this hidden gem of Greece.

Accommodations: Grand Meteora Hotel, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 8:

Return to Athens

Aerial view of monasteries Trinity and breathtaking pictures of valley and landmark canyon of Meteora at sunset, Kalambaka, Greece, shadows, twisted road, bridge, Mountains as columns

Return to Athens from Meteora today and enjoy an evening at leisure to explore on your own.

Accommodations: Electra Metropolis Athens

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 12:

Αντίο, Until Next Time!

Detail of Caryatid Porch on the Acropolis uring colorful sunset in Athens, Greece. Ancient Erechtheion or Erechtheum temple. World famous landmark at the Acropolis Hill

Αντίο! Say good-bye to your guide today and fly back home or on to your next destination from Athens.

*Includes: Breakfast

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

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